I shot the above video using a consumer digital camcorder, the Canon ZR 500, which has a microphone input jack. Without a microphone input jack, the audio from your video can sound quite muffled. The ZR500 sells for under $300. Use Pricegrabber.com
to find prices for this camcorder. B&H in New York is a reliable vendor that I've used. Dell Home sometimes has excellent deals on camcorders. (See these deals listed at http://dealmac.com)
I shot the video in 16 x 9 format, which is easily accessed on this camcorder using a single button. Note -- this is not high-resolution video -- just 16 x 9 video.
I used iMovie 05 to edit this video, chosing DV Wide from the almost imperceptible little menu that opens up when you create a new iMovie project.
I exported the video to QuickTime format using these parameters --
Sorenson 3 for video compression codec (so that G3 and other older macs can view this video)
QDesign Music 2 audio codec (at 32 kpbs sound quality)
16 frames per second video (with a keyframe every 160 frames)
400 x 225 pixel dimensions
(I wanted to choose 480 x 270 pixels, but that would have increased the file size too large for this longer-form project.)
If you're putting video on the web and would like it to be redistributed, it's probably best to try to keep each of your video files smaller than 700 megs, so that they can fit on CD-ROM's that people might burn.
The above QuickTime file is about 400 megs in file size.
To view a nice narrated slideshow created using Powerbullet, see
Click on the HTTP at the left of the screen. Then click on Banneker2005. htm
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